Portugal — Czech Republic match forecast at the League of Nations

Portugal take on the Czech Republic at the Jose Alvalade National Stadium in Lisbon on Thursday evening, June 9, in the third leg of the UEFA Nations League. The home side will delight their fans with a convincing win. Full statistics and current odds for the match can be found at 1 xbet.

Portugal

The hosts sensationally lost a direct trip to Qatar to the Serbs, finishing only second in their qualifying group. They had 17 points after eight games. Last summer’s appearance at the Euros cannot be called a success for Fernando Santos’ side – they managed only a quartet win against Hungary, the French and the Germans (0-3 in Budapest), and in the 1/8 finals the team lost narrowly to Belgium and dropped out of the tournament. November’s qualifying matches for the Mundial disappointed the fans.

First, it was a 0-0 draw in Ireland, before the Portuguese managed to lose the decisive game in Lisbon to the Serbs (1-2). The Spaniards beat Turkey 3-1 in the first leg of the qualifying round before losing 2-0 to Macedonia. In the first round of the current Nations League last Wednesday, the South Americans played out a 1-1 draw away to Spain before edging Switzerland 4-0 at home.

Czech Republic

The Czech Republic were one of the Euros sensations. Initially no-one had laid hopes on Jaroslav Šilgava’s side, but the Red and Blue-Whites beat Scotland in the group, called a 2-2 draw with the Croats and finished third in the quartet, advancing to the last eight. The Czechs sensationally overcame the Netherlands 0-2 at the Puskas Arena to progress to the quarter-finals, where they lost 1-2 to the Danes in a bitter struggle. Patrick Schick, along with Ronaldo, was the tournament’s top scorer (5 goals).

The visitors did not need an obligatory second place in the World Cup qualifying, having won their group in the last Nations League and automatically qualifying for the knockout stages. However, they lost the play-offs in the first round to Sweden 1-0 (and conceded in extra time in the 110th minute) and were left without a ticket to Qatar. In the first leg of the Nations League, the Czechs beat the Swiss 2-1 at home before losing 2-2 to the Spanish (2,Russ.).

Face-off

The last time these teams faced each other was in the Euro 2012 quarter-final. That was when Portugal edged out the winner thanks to a Ronaldo goal.

Portugal vs Czech Republic

The upcoming match will decide which team will take the intermediate top spot in the quartet. The Portuguese team did not look strong in the first leg, but they crushed Switzerland in the closing stages last Sunday. Ronaldo is fit and ready to score. The Czechs were lucky not to lose to the Spaniards (only 3 shots on goal), hardly the same thing will happen in Lisbon. Without their leading scorer Schick, the visitors no longer look a formidable force. We’ll put our money on the home side to win with a -1 handicap.

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